Excited at the prospect of a fresh start, she arrived as a backpacker on a Working Holiday Visa doing temp work in call centres and as a waitress.
It paid the bills but, consumed by wanderlust, she found she couldn't save enough to travel until she heard on the sex workers' grapevine that pickings are bountiful in the Land of Oz - where the age old trade has been legal in most states since the s.
In sexually liberal Sydney, brothels, strip clubs and massage parlours abound, but Summer earns enough to work the circuit from the privacy of her riverside home in Millers Point on the edge of the CBD. The bubbly blonde, from the city of Liverpool, in Britain's north-west, said: There is something really romantic about being totally alone in a place where nobody knows you or anything about your past, a totally fresh start. She arrived in Sydney ten months ago and moved into private escorting as Summer Knight She has learned 'the hard way' not to fall in love with clients.
We got on really well and the sex was great,' she says. The next time he came back I asked him where he had been and he said he was busy so he asked for one of the other girls. Now I never let feelings get in the way'. It is hard to believe such a sweet-natured woman is part of such a profession still largely stigmatised today, even though prostitution is first thought to have appeared in Australia in at the time of the First Fleet. Summer takes in the fireball sunset at a tourist hotspot Another life: Travelling is her passion and enables her to 'start afresh' where no one knows her past She appears the charming girl-next-door, is softly-spoken and smiles a lot but it becomes quickly apparent she knows her mind.
I love meeting new people and clients tell me I'm warm and friendly and easy to get along with. She has the support of the Scarlet Alliance, the national sex workers' association, which campaigns for the rights and discrimination of members. Getting friendly with the wildlife: The animal-lover met a wallaby in Melbourne earlier this year She said: You know, going home with a drunk man from a night club is dangerous, sex work in Australia is pretty safe because it's decriminalised; I can call the police and they won't judge me if something goes wrong,' she said.
And what of the future? Everything I do is my choice. They believe sex workers are exploited, but it's a personal choice by two people who consent.